Every year, the Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) awards high school graduating seniors the John Moffitt Assistive Technology grants. Are you, or do you know, a high school senior who is graduating in 2011? Would adaptive technology help meet post-high school goals for college, work or independent living? If so, we'd like to encourage you to fill out the John Moffitt Assistive Technology Grant Application!
These grants are designed to promote economic independence and civic responsibility by helping graduating students pay for the technologies they need to succeed at school, work, at home and in the community.
Grant Amounts: Individual grants will be awarded in amounts up to $6,500.00 (depending upon specific needs and the number of qualified applicants).
Deadline to apply is: May 10th 2011!
Winner of the 2010 John Moffitt Assistive Technology (AT) Award for $5,000, Thomas Almer's personal essay provides many excellent examples of the important role assistive technology (AT) plays in education. The 2010 graduate of Mark Morris High School in Longview, WA, Tom is legally blind. Despite the difficulties that come with visual loss, he maintained a high GPA throughout High School, graduated with honors and as his teachers and those who worked with him say, kept "an amiable nature and a positive attitude." He received awards for outstanding achievement in Business Education and Instrumental Music.
Tom attended the Longview School District from the time he was three years old until his graduation in 2010. His essay came with high recommendations from various community members. His academic accomplishments are impressive and he's thankful for the help of a great vision team and his AT (including a Braillenote mPower and JAWS). He was named "Student of the Month" for his work in an advanced accounting class where JAWS was instrumental.
As Tom moved on from high school, he had to leave his Braillenote and other district owned AT behind. With the John Moffitt Award, he was able to purchase an updated Apex Notetaker and a Trekker GPS - both devices that will be put to good use as he moves on through school and into a career. Tom is currently enrolled as a student in the Washington State School for the Blind's innovative LIFTT program - a program designed to teach skills for adulthood to young adults who are blind or visually impaired.
Congratulations, Tom, and the best of luck in your endeavors!
- US Citizen and Washington State resident
- High-School Graduate - Class of 2011
- Eligible to participate in DSB Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)
VR Eligibility Requirements:
- Vision loss creates a barrier to employment
- You need DSB Vocational Rehabilitation services for vocational counseling and guidance, and/or
- You need the technology for post-high school education, training to prepare for employment or to meet other post high school goals
To find out how to apply and to download the application, please visit our website's page on the John Moffitt AT Grants.
For more resources and funding options for low-vision products, check out the Access Fund's Low-Vision Resource Lists.
Our mission is to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington State. The Washington Access Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
Washington Access Fund provides: Assistive Technology Loans, Business Equipment Loans, CCTV Rentals, and Matched Savings IDAs